Sometimes it’s not about the type of camera a person is holding or the kind of office a photographer can afford, it’s all in the character and uniqueness a photographer expresses in the captured photos. I have come across many people complaining about wedding photographers who do shoddy work, or may be the work was great but the after sale service was wanting.
Clients need to put in mind a number of factors before opening the door for that wedding photographer. Some photographers are driven by money, some are manipulative and others are driven by passion which enables them to give topnotch services through their craft. So what do you need to do? Careful research and selectiveness regarding professional skills, artistic style and personal demeanor are extra-important when choosing your photographer.
Style and creativity
What makes your photographer standout from other photographers? Does he capture all the details through the lens or lies using Photoshop? Before doing anything you might regret later, you’ll need to first decide what type of photography style you prefer; as that will help determine which kind of photographer you’ll want shooting your wedding.
Most people prefer documentary style where a photographer takes a series of candid photos where a photographer catches people unaware. Typical shots might include the lavish raw bar before guests start digging in, your motley crew of cousins dancing, or you and your bridesmaids laughing, champagne in hand. Other styles include portraiture, fine art or portable studios.
Before settling on a particular photographer, you need to do your homework. With the help of social media and friends, you can get reviews and comments which will give you get an idea of what the photographer does. Carefully review potential photographers’ websites and blogs to check out photos of other weddings they’ve shot, which will give you an idea of their style. The design of the website may also give you clues about the photographer’s personality and sensibility. These platforms will give you an idea of how the photographer handles his or her clients.
Set up a meeting and interviews
Currently, the country has many ghost photographers or self-proclaimed gurus in the field. So before deciding on anything, you must meet up with your potential photographer and discus a number of things ranging from your preferred style to the photographer’s availability. The meeting will also allow the photographer to pitch his ideas on how he can cover the event to your satisfaction.
Check what the photographer does by reviewing the albums
As a client, you might be required to visit the photographer’s office and see what he does. When reviewing a photographer’s album, look for the key moments you want captured: Did they get photos of both the bride and the groom when they locked eyes for the first time? Also look for crispness of images, thoughtful compositions and good lighting. It’s also very important that you detect sensitivity in capturing people’s emotions; make sure the photographer’s subjects look relaxed, not like deer caught in headlights.
Discus on the rights and contract
Your rights as a client are very important. Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all photos taken at the wedding, even the ones of you. In other words, the photographer can use them promotionally. That also means that you can’t just post the digital proofs they send you—most photographers have a policy that you can only share watermarked images or images with their credit on them.
Get post-production details
Chances are you might not understand some of the details, but it’s important to know how the photos and video will be edited.